Oct 11, 2012 5:00pm PDT
'm joined by ed schultz, reverend al sharpton, chris hayes, steve schmidt. lawrence o'donnell is our man in the spin room tonight. the one and only chris matthews is at centre college in danville, kentucky, the site of tonight's debate. chris, is this unusually high stakes for a vice presidential debate? >> well, it's great being with you, again, rachel, and everyone else tonight at msnbc. look, it's great. it's great in its importance because of what happened last week. the frustration from the democratic base, i expressed it a acceleratisimilar version of the frustration of the failure of the president to bring out all this issues that his paid advertising, speeches have made all year but for some reason he didn't bring up. the most powerful issues. i'm going to one through four or five. by one word. you know the one word. vouchers. the way paul ryan wants to deal with health care which won't work for medicare. personhood. the way he wants to basically in effect criminalize, turn it into murder abortion decisions. the emergency room. where this presidential candidate of the republican
Oct 11, 2012 8:00pm EDT
harwood? >> guys, i would just like to ask both paula and doug about what we heard from steve liesman today. their message was, especially from blankfein, if we get entitlement cuts yes, business should go along with tax increases as a solution to our debt deficit problem. paula, do you think that's the right answer from business and doug, is that the right answer for republicans? >> i heard those statements earlier today and i think it is a great representation of the kind of creativity we really are going to have to bring to these challenging economic times and i think the biggest theme from the debt reduction effort so far is, everything should be on the table and i think that's what the president has said and i think that's what you will hear tonight from joe biden. >> john, it's a great question. i think there are three components. you know we do have to have a strong foundation of growth. i think it's just a statement of the facts that we won't make progress on budget deficits unless the economy is growing. and the second thing we need to do is really just stop the bleeding. we'
Oct 11, 2012 7:30pm PDT
to steve schmidt, who's a senior adviser to the mccain/palin campaign in 2008. watching this as a republican, steve, i will just say in the room here us all watching together we were all much more riveted than we were last week during the presidential debate. what's your overall reaction with how the guys kid tonigdid ? >> it's a fiery debate. i can't remember a debate that's been as fiery as this one at this level. i think republicans will watch this. they will say paul ryan won. >> really? >> they'll be happy with this performance. i think democrats who watched this will be fired up about joe biden's performance. i think he did what he needed to do tonight which is to calm some of the panic in the democratic base by having a fiery performance. but i also think this -- his smiling, the laughing, the grinning, if you look at the recent history of debates, whether it's al gore sighing, president george herbert walker bush looking at his watch, so many of these debates have come to be dominated by these personality quirks that manifested themselves over the course of the d